The New York State Fair is once again using an online competition to select its daily national anthem performers.
The Star-Spangled Challenge will begin July 4, the fair announced Monday. To enter, contestants must submit a video of their national anthem performance. They can perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" solo or as part of a group, and it can be an instrumental or vocal rendition.
If you are unable to upload the videos to YouTube or Vimeo, you may email clips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name, address and a daytime phone number.
Thirteen winners will be chosen — one for each day of the fair, which runs from Aug. 22 through Sept. 3. The national anthem is performed at 9:58 a.m. daily at the fair's Chevy Court concert venue.
The deadline to enter the Star-Spangled Challenge is Wednesday, July 25. A panel of judges, including State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner, will select 20 finalists. An online vote on the fair's Facebook page will be used to choose the winners.
Voting begins Aug. 3 and concludes Aug. 13.
The winners will receive free admission and parking passes to the fair. Fair officials will contact them to schedule their performance date.
"This competition is unlike any other competition we run," Waffner said. "Our day doesn't begin until we've paused to pay tribute to America, and to hear it performed by a New Yorker in person is special in a way that playing a recording just can't match."
Winners and finalists from past Star-Spangled Challenges are ineligible to enter this year's contest.
According to the fair, more than 350 people and groups have entered the challenge since its inception in 2015.